Alternatively referred to as distributed computing, distributed systems is a collection of computers that act, work, and appear as one large computer. There are several distributed computing projects on the Internet that help work on complex problems by sharing the processing power of millions of different peoples computers. To participate and help these programs, often you only need to download a small program that is run whenever your computer is not being used. Below is a listing of some of these programs.
- Folding@Home - Assist in understanding protein folding, misfolding, and related diseases. The image on this page is an example of a F@H protein being folded. Computer Hope has a Folding@Home team, which is ID# 67290. Computer Hope Folding@Home stats. Also, if you're interested you're welcome to join the F@H discussion in the forums.
- GIMPS - Project to help locate Mersenne primes.
- LHC@Home - A platform to help CERN's Large Hadron Collider find the fundamentals of Particals.
- SETI@home - Assist in the search for other life in the universe.
Also see: Network definitions